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We are staffed primarily by students. My director, who oversees all of User Support, including field technicians who do not work at the Helpdesk, is in the same room, along with me. We’re here during college business hours. I have a full time employee who works 2:30pm-10:30pm Sun-Thurs. I also have a staff of graduate assistants. Who cover many of the hours, but work 20 hours per week.


My students are allowed to be here unsupervised. They’re trained pretty well and handle most issues on their own (in fact, I find that they work better alone than if I’m here because they know they can lean on me).


My jobs are highly sought after. Word of mouth among friends works well. I post jobs on our general student job site when I have them available. For Helpdesk type roles, I care less about technical capability and more about customer service and interpersonal skills.


Undergraduates are not giving access to passwords, but all students on campus sign a confidentiality agreement and must watch a presentation about compliance with FERPA and the GLB Act. Graduate Assistants are the lowest level of employee that can reset passwords. At the Helpdesk, we, including full timers, only have access to AD and email passwords. We cannot reset Banner passwords or student Bannerweb passwords.





Jim Rizzo

Helpdesk Manager

Providence College Information Technology

(401) 865-1277


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From: The EDUCAUSE IT Support Services Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Matthew McFall <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE IT Support Services Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:11 PM
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Subject: [ITSUPPORTSERVICES] Student ran/staffed support desk


I am new to the group and relatively new to my current position.  We have a Technology Support Center that includes our support desk for all faculty, staff, and students.  We only assist with university owned technology, no personal devices.  I currently have one fulltime Support Coordinator in the TSC with a rotation of student workers.  The TSC takes support calls/walk-ups and open ticket requests via phone, email, or walk-up.  We use Dell KACE for support ticketing.  I am sure this is generally how everyone is structured.


In reading through a thread that posted the other day, I noticed many of you appear to have a more heavily student ran/staffed support desk with oversight by a fulltime employee.  I am slowly working my way toward a more student ran TSC here also.  I am wanting the student employees to have ownership of the support desk and have oversight by the fulltime employee.  I have a couple of questions that I would like to ask the group.  Please feel free to respond offline if you prefer.


Do you allow the students to be unsupervised?  Meaning, if your coordinator has to step out, go to lunch, or they are out sick; do you allow the students to be in the TSC without that employee there?


How do you recruit students for the positions?  Since you need someone with some technical knowledge, do you reach out to your CS or Engineering schools to get workers?


How do you handle access to sensitive information with student employees (ie Banner information, account passwords, etc)?


I have other questions, but these seem like a good starting point.  I look forward to your responses.  Thank you.


Matthew S. McFall

Director of Technology Support Center

Jacksonville State University

Office: 256-782-5664


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